Breed of the Week: Flat Coated Retriever
Flat Coated Retriever
The Flat Coated Retriever stands at 22-24 inches and weighs approximately 55-70lbs. Unlike other more common retrievers, this breed has a characteristically smooth skull with little to no stop or check definition giving them a more regal appearance. Flat Coated Retrievers have a have a solid black or liver coat that lies smoothly against the body with feathering at the legs and tail.
A highly affectionate and friendly breed, the Flat Coated Retriever is outgoing, friendly and active. A great hunting and family companion, this breed should be highly adaptable and engaging. As a true retriever, they do best with adequate exercise so are most commonly found in suburban and rural areas.
Like many medium sized dogs, the Flat Coated Retriever is prone to hip dysplasia, luxating patellas, and cancer.
- Initially Golden Retrievers were shown as a type of Flat Coated Retriever until the breeds separated and began keeping their own stock books.
- During both world wars, the numbers for Flat Coated Retrievers dwindled to dangerous levels and only through the efforts of dedicated breeders were they maintained and brought back.
- Like many other retrievers, they excel at hunting and sporting events.